Napoleon Bonaparte knew how to manipulate representations of himself as leader in order to project an image of France as a glorious nation. Lenin and Stalin were equally adept at using propaganda for political purposes. This course charts developments in propaganda techniques and the changing roles of political leadership in the modern world.
In 2011, Occupy London encapsulated a widespread political frustration felt in post-crash Britain, yet neoliberalism was still able to re-assert itself with very little alteration. In this course, we will take Occupy as a case study in order to critically reflect on theories that seek to explain why this was the case. This will include inviting a guest from the movement itself in order to discuss the effectiveness of contemporary resistance.